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ACSM Plays Key Role in ENRICH Act, Introduced in Congress Last Week

Last Tuesday, ACSM participated in a congressional briefing to educate members of Congress and its staff on the importance of physical activity and nutrition in the curricula of U.S. medical schools. Specifically, the briefing focused on H.R. 1411, the ENRICH Act, which proposes a $15 million competitive grant to expand physical activity education and nutrition education programs for at least 30 U.S. medical schools. A similar bill was introduced in the last Congress that focused exclusively on nutrition education. However, ACSM played the lead role with partner organizations to successfully have physical activity education included in the bill for the 114th Congress. James Hagberg, Ph.D., FACSM, professor in the department of kinesiology at the University of Maryland, testified on behalf of ACSM regarding the issues of physical inactivity and the importance of including physical activity in medical schools curricula. H.R. 1411 was introduced by Representatives Tim Ryan and Pat Tiberi and has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. more

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